Today's Sports

  • State qualifying first, foremost...

    With the girls swimming state championships coming up Feb. 11-12, both Dakota Ridge and Columbine have one goal — qualify as many girls as they can, as quickly as they can and gain as many team points as possible.

    In their meet against one another Jan. 21 at the Ridge Recreation Center, both teams came out strong in the first event, each qualifying their 200-yard medley relay team for the state championships. 

  • Sports briefs: Chatfield...

    WHEAT RIDGE — Chatfield scored wins in both the 200 and 400 freestyle relay as the Lady Chargers rolled to a 222-140 win over host Wheat Ridge on Jan. 21 at the Wheat Ridge Rec Center.

    Individual winners for Chatfield included Bridgitta Games (2 minutes, 24.90 seconds, 200 individual medley), Joslynn Shamis (116.10 points, 1-meter diving), Rachel Reiling (1:12.13, 100 butterfly), Kirsten Ozaki (56.83, 100 freestyle), Hailey Gerze (1:12.37, 100 backstroke), and Delaney Piper (1:19.13, 100 breaststroke).

  • Front Range Christian girls...

    PARKER -- Jennifer Vigil knew that her team needed to do something. Front Range Christian had to get the momentum. But how?

    The Lady Falcons, ranked fifth in The Denver Post 2A girls basketball poll, had taken the lead twice, but never seemed to gain any offensive traction in its Top 5 showdown with fourth-ranked Lutheran-Parker. Twice, Front Range Christian had fallen behind by six points with no signs of actually taking the lead for good.

    Then Vigil took matters into her own hands.

  • Taking to the water

    Melba Njenga is unassuming in nearly every way.

    She is petite, standing at a mere 5-foot-1. She is reserved and quiet by nature. And she is humble. But when you see her swim you would never know that she is any of those things.

    Njenga, a junior at Dakota Ridge High School, nicknamed “The Albatross” by her coaches for her amazingly long arms and smooth, graceful strokes, didn’t have such a smooth start to her high school swimming career. 

  • Chargers save best for last

    Ryan Seltenreich took everything that Standley Lake could throw at him and his Chatfield Chargers fought back when they needed to most.

    The result — a stirring third-period comeback behind a pair of power-play goals — as Chatfield snapped the Gators’ eight-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory Jan. 12 at the Edge Ice Arena.

    “It was a huge win for us. We came together. Our goalie played amazing. We did what we needed to do,” senior forward Trevor Knoll said.

  • Dakota Ridge’s stifling ‘D’...

    It was probably as much Dakota Ridge’s defensive pressure as it was Chatfield’s offense feeding into it. But the teams’ Jan. 12 girls basketball game at Dakota Ridge High School was all Lady Eagles from the get-go.

    Behind a balanced-scoring attack and a persistent defense that forced turnover after turnover, host Dakota Ridge ran off a 9-0 spurt in the game’s opening four minutes and led by 19 after one quarter en route to a 63-28 victory over the Lady Chargers.

  • Sports briefs: McDondle, Vander...

    Columbine’s Cameron McDondle and Dakota Ridge’s Derek Vander Velde have been nominated as an Old Spice Player of the Year.

    They are among a select group of football players who are eligible to be selected as the Player of the Year and will be featured in a full-page feature in USA Today.

    McDondle, a junior, rushed for 1,583 yards and 25 touchdowns in leading Columbine to a 9-2 record and the second round of the 5A state playoffs. 

    He only played in nine games, missing both of the Rebels’ postseason contests.

  • Grush’s rebound goal lifts...

    Charlie Marchese took everything that Chatfield could throw at him for the game’s first 53 minutes. But it was in the 54th minute that the Chargers’ Nate Grush finally cracked through against the Columbine goalie.

    His rebound goal off a Kyle Davis shot with 2 minutes, 24 seconds left in overtime helped Chatfield score its second win over rival Columbine this season, 2-1, on Jan. 6 at the Edge Ice Arena.

  • Rebels have way with TJ

    DENVER — Maybe it was Columbine’s defense, which set up the offense. Maybe it was Columbine’s patience on offense. Or maybe it was that host Thomas Jefferson’s vanilla, inept offense never got going.

    Whatever the reason, the Lady Rebels’ 48-8 rout at Thomas Jefferson High School on Jan. 8 was about as one-sided of a game as there could be.

    The outcome was never in doubt, even after starting guard Jen Peterson banked home the game’s opening basket 57 seconds in. 

  • Dakota Ridge rolls back into...

    ARVADA — Going back to work or school after vacation can be really tough both mentally and physically, but the Dakota Ridge girls swimming team proved that it wasn’t  bogged down as it won its meet with host Pomona on Jan. 8.

    The Lady Eagles won the match 101-75 at Meyers Pool, taking first place in eight out of 12 events. It would have been nine if not for a questionable disqualification of sophomore Kitty Nester in the 100-yard backstroke, thus giving the win to Pomona’s Savannah Millard, who had a time of 1 minute, 12.93 seconds.